Many Could Face Losing SNAP Benefits

Thousands of people in South Mississippi could face losing their monthly food benefits of up to $190 before summer.
Starting this year, people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, between the ages of 18 and 49, who have no children, have three months to find a job or enroll in training or education programs. If they don’t, their benefits will likely end. According to a report by the Mississippi Center for Justice, nearly 75,000 people in our three coastal counties use food assistance. The Department of Human Services predicts more than 7,500 will be subject to the three month time limit.
Mississippi resident Zarnika Fikes said, “I think that it’s not a great thing for the ones who need to get adapted to not having SNAP but I think it’s a great thing that they’re trying to promote people to get off their tails and work and go out to be more independent for themselves.”
Mississippi resident Jeffrey Williams said, “It’s not good. That would affect a lot of people. That would affect the way they live, the way they eat. Where would they look forward to the next meal that they’re going to have?”
According to the Department of Human Services, 1 in 5 Mississippians currently use food assistance. That’s 21 percent of the state population.

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